Jackpot Challenge Winner Gives His VIP Trip to Two Houston Children
SEATTLE, Wash. Ã¢Â€Â“ MX for Children announced today that its Inside Line Experience fundraiser exceeded $37,000 for childrenÃ¢Â€Â™s hospitals throughout the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season. The Jackpot Challenge, which rewarded the top fundraising performer with two VIP passes to the Monster Energy Supercross finale at Las VegasÃ¢Â€Â™ Sam Boyd Stadium, was won by Marc Fantich of McAllen, Texas.Ã‚Â Fantich, who raised more than $7,000 by taking pledges for driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle from his home in Texas to Seattle, Wash., refused to accept his prize and awarded it to two deserving children from Houston, Texas who participated in raising money for hydrocephalus through MX for Children.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI did this ride because MX for Children is a great cause,Ã¢Â€Â said Marc Fantich, CEO of Fantich Media Group. Ã¢Â€ÂœMy brother and our friend Robert, who supported me on this ride, already have my tickets to Las Vegas, so the trip should go to those two young kids from Houston who raised all that money doing bake sales!Ã¢Â€ÂÃ‚Â Jackie Anthis, mother of Sean and Ryan who raised more than $3,400 was speechless when she heard that they had won.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI am so proud of Ryan and Sean for all the hard work they have put into their fundraising efforts,Ã¢Â€Â exclaimed Anthis. Ã¢Â€ÂœThis is their third year raising money for hydrocephalus through MX for Children, and they continue to surprise me each and every time.”
The second place winner, Greg Pinch of Toronto, Canada will receive a $500 gift certificate to the Motorcycle Superstore. And the third place winner, Scott Whittington of Toronto, Canada won a Microsoft Xbox 360 with Kinect Hardware.Ã‚Â Both of these winners participated in the Inside Line Experience at the Toronto Monster Energy Supercross race on March 26.
The MX for Children Jackpot Challenge created an opportunity for anyone in North America to raise funds for MX for Children, which resulted in participants from Southern California to Toronto, Canada.
Ã¢Â€ÂœWe are overwhelmed with the success of the Jackpot Challenge,Ã¢Â€Â said MX for Children founder Paul Gross. Ã¢Â€ÂœNot only did this opportunity allow us to raise more money for our network of childrenÃ¢Â€Â™s hospitals, but also give people a taste of what our program does and some momentum to build on in the future.Ã¢Â€Â
MX for Children Jackpot Challenge raised funds for the Hydrocephalus Association, a 501(c)(3), which distributes the donations to the following childrenÃ¢Â€Â™s hospitals: BirminghamÃ¢Â€Â™s ChildrenÃ¢Â€Â™s Hospital of Alabama, HoustonÃ¢Â€Â™s Texas ChildrenÃ¢Â€Â™s, PittsburghÃ¢Â€Â™s ChildrenÃ¢Â€Â™s Hospital, Salt Lake CityÃ¢Â€Â™s Primary ChildrenÃ¢Â€Â™s, Seattle ChildrenÃ¢Â€Â™s, St. Louis ChildrenÃ¢Â€Â™s, and TorontoÃ¢Â€Â™s SickKids Hospital.Ã‚Â The funds go to support the hospitalsÃ¢Â€Â™ research to improve the brain condition hydrocephalus Ã¢Â€Â“ the #1 cause of brain surgery for children.
Donations are still being accepted for the Jackpot Challenge at http://mxforchildren.kintera.org.